Makiko Obata : Japanese
Makiko Obata
Japanese Native
Sessions: 1536
Last class: 4 days
 388 Reviews: 100% Positive
£18.69 / €21.49 / $25.43
Trial: 70% Off
  Hello, my name is Makiko Obata and I'm 42 years old and currently living in Japan. I am a native Japanese speaker and teach Japanese. I have been an online Japanese teacher with Verbalplanet since June 2014. I can speak the following languages fluently: Japanese, English. I am currently offering a discounted initial trial lesson at 70% of my normal lesson price for new students. 
My Latest Feedback
10 Aug 2020
 Makiko Sensei was great! She asked me a lot of questions and got to know my level of speaking really well. I take lessons with another teacher, so she assessed how she could best help me and fill in the gaps. Her lesson was really informative and fun! She also gave me some documents to help me study efficiently and she assigned simple homework. She was very kind and thoughtful during the lesson and helped me when I couldn't make a sentence. She didn't beat around the bush when I made a mistake, either, she was very direct and told me when and why I was incorrect and how to make the sentence correct. I really like that she asked me "why?" whenever I made a sentence correction, so that I could better understand the grammar.  
23 Jun 2020
 Makiko is an amazing tutor. I feel very lucky to be able to work with her. She quickly assessed my level and is providing excellent feedback and lesson plans to help achieve my goals. 
04 Apr 2020
 Makiko is wonderfully energetic about teaching, and her command of English is a big plus for a beginner like myself. 
27 Apr 2019
Dino M
 Her experience shows! 
29 Dec 2018
Yani S
 good class 
20 Dec 2018
Yani S
 good class 
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About me - English

Konnichiwa! Thank you for clicking my profile.

My name is Makiko who is a friendly native Japanese speaker. I was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. I also have lived in Hokkaido for 4 years and currently I live in Canada.

If I describe myself in three words, I would like to say I am a friendly, patient, passionate person. My students gave me feedback as I am very patient and friendly. I described myself as a passionate person because I always do my best in work and private life. I am passionate about teaching too!

I like to learn about different cultures and share Japanese culture with my students.

In my free time I like to snowshoeing, kayaking. I also enjoy cooking and baking too.

Qualifications & Experience

I have been involved in teaching and education for almost 12 years. I studied Japanese language teaching “how to teach Japanese language to non-Japanese native speakers“ for 2 years in Japan.

Since then I have been teaching Japanese language for more than 9 years. I have wide experience teaching ages from school age kids to retire people.

Teaching Approach

My lessons for adult students range from those who have never studied Japanese before, to those who are intermediate level students. I am offering lessons in Hiragana, Kanji and also Romanized characters, depending on the interest and level of students.

As with any effective language learning program, I use some basic, positive learning principles: I focus on real conversations, and encourage high student talking time, which is conducive to speech development and increased confidence.

I am aiming to make an atmosphere where students can talk easily and freely in lessons, and I have received favorable comment from my students about it.

In my lessons, I teach polite Japanese as well as street Japanese.

General conversation / Listening and Speaking / Reading / Writing / Grammar / Travel Japanese / Exam Preparation Skill

Examples of textbook that I have been using are

Genki I & II / Japanese for busy people I & II & III / Minna no nihongo I & II / Intermediate Japanese / Nihogo Break through / Nihongo through newspaper articles / Nihongo koredake and more

*I usually use textbooks that I recommend or that students request. Depending on students' levels and goals I use some materials from websites, books et cetera. which suit their levels along side a textbook. Also, with some students I use only materials from websites, books et cetera. If you have requests, please let me know in your trail lesson.


1. Homework

If students have time to study extra Japanese I give them homework each week. They can hand in it before the next scheduled lesson and I do correction and return it to them. Of course, I will give an explanation if there is a mistake.Homework supports the quicker improvement of my student's Japanese learning.

2. Flash cards

Studying takes time and needs effort, and every students is trying their best to achieve their goal. I hope all my students study Japanese language efficiently and reach their goal. I support my student sharing flash cards and quiz of new vocabulary that they studied in the lesson.

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